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Jeff Gordon prepares for a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Gordon to wave goodbye to winless races in final season

Sunday, August 2, 2015

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. — Jeff Gordon’s request for a low-key farewell tour has mostly been respected, though the four-time NASCAR champion has been feted with a parade, bourbon, an 18-liter bottle of wine, even a track named in his honor. In the final season of his trailblazing career, there was another tribute this weekend …

After Brickyard dud, NASCAR has to head back to the drawing board

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Run, NASCAR, don’t walk, back to the drawing board to figure out how to liven up racing. The rules package used for the Brickyard 400 was a failure no matter how the race is dissected. The high-drag aerodynamic package was supposed to improve passing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was clear …

Carl Edwards takes Brickyard 400 pole, with Tony Stewart fourth

Sunday, July 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Carl Edwards will be on the pole for the Brickyard 400, where passing could be at a premium Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday to move to the top starting spot. But he then had to see if two-time race winner and Indiana native …

Sprint Cup drivers revved up about new aero package

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – Two days before another Sprint Cup race, some of NASCAR’s best were still talking about the last one. Much has been made and discussed about concerning the new aero package unveiled last week at Kentucky, which …

Despite tough early break, Kyle Busch is feeling fine about Chase chances

Friday, July 17, 2015

LOUDON – There’s a chance Kyle Busch’s season, as far as being a contender for the Sprint Cup championship, ended before it began. A broken leg suffered the day prior to the Daytona 500 left him with months …

Out of Gilford, Bernasconi lands top engineering role with Xfinity team

Thursday, July 16, 2015

LOUDON – On Saturday, Ryan Reed will try to drive his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford to Victory Lane in the Xfinity Series’s Lakes Region 200. How fitting. If he gets there, he’ll have a native of that …

NASCAR at NHMS preview: What to expect from racing weekend in Loudon

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Last year, change was the topic du jour as NASCAR made its annual summer trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. There was a new playoff system in the Sprint Cup that drivers were striving for in midseason. There …

NASCAR takes positive steps toward brighter future

Monday, July 13, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – What a different NASCAR we have now. The sport so married to a dictator-style reign, so resistant to meaningful change and so slow to take a stance on anything that might alienate its fan base …

Rift forms between Earnhardt Jr., Patrick heading into New Hampshire

Monday, July 13, 2015

SPARTA, Ky. – The relationship between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick will need repairing before two of NASCAR’s most popular drivers head to this weekend’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. A couple of on-track incidents late …

NBC receives positive reviews in return to NASCAR coverage

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NBC’s return to NASCAR coverage came with a big set of challenges: A three-hour rain delay and a caution-filled race that ended with a horrific last-lap crash nearly eight hours after the network began its …

Buddy Baker steps down from radio show with inoperable tumor

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Daytona 500 winner Buddy Baker ssaid he has a “huge tumor” in his lung that is requiring him to immediately step down as co-host of his SiriusXM NASCAR show. The 74-year-old Baker won 19 races …

Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

Monday, July 6, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life. …

Sprint Cup race delayed more than 3 hours by rain

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a rain delay of more than three hours, Sunday night’s Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway started after 11 p.m. As rain delayed his final race at Daytona, four-time Sprint Cup champion …

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wants grass removed from tracks

Saturday, July 4, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kyle Busch has become the unwitting poster boy for NASCAR safety improvements. It’s not a role he wanted. But now that it’s been thrust upon him, he’s not shying away from taking the lead …

NASCAR tracks jointly ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

Friday, July 3, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago. The facilities …